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Re: Twin Six's Road Case
« Reply #50 on: April 17, 2021, 01:12:03 am »
Time for an update, which I've begun to contemplate writing several times without success over the past week, but "events keep occurring," as Mrs Twin Six & I are fond of saying, referencing a Roz Chast cartoon in the New Yorker many years ago:
The classical version: War and Peace by Count Leo Tolstoy
The pop version: War 'n' Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The muzak version: Events Keep Occurring by Leo

In old news, the Martin Flexible Core (FX) strings that started so unpleasantly zingy on the Single Six settled in nicely and sound & feel just fine. The same Martin FX are on the Twin Six, which I finally tuned up to standard tuning from a whole pitch down. Tuned down, I noticed intonation problems when playing higher up the fretboard, with notes sounding slightly sharp. Tuning up to EADGBE has remedied this intonation problem and made it more resonant, which makes me want to play it more.

Electric guitar might as well be a completely different instrument, considering how much I have to learn about the various guitar & amp settings as well as how rubbish I sound. Slowly I'm sounding better and experimenting with various settings & effects built into the amp. It's a long learning curve, but you have to start somewhere, so while I'm reading up on the various classic amps my hybrid tube amp models, I'm practicing the obligatory Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple. After about a week's practice, I can get the riff consistently and get through the whole song at close to original tempo without pausing to reposition fingers. And I'm starting to sing along.

I also started learning Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, using the two-finger power chord grips, which is how I discovered why my brother complains about the guitar, "Wires like that are used to slice cheese, and my fingers are made of cheese!" My index finger feels like it's getting sliced by the thinnest strings from playing barre chords, combined with the sharp bottom edges of the frets, which are not rolled as aggressively as those of the acoustics. Mrs. Twin Six teases me that my fingers are made of soft ripened Brie, which is true as far as mini-barre A & two-finger B are concerned (which I use increasingly). Otherwise, my finger tip calluses are as tough as Peccorino rinds.
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Re: Twin Six's Road Case
« Reply #51 on: April 17, 2021, 06:21:04 am »
Thanks for the update Twin Six. All sounds to be progressing well.

All I can say is I hope you'll make a recording of some of these songs you are learning and share over in AVOYP, would love to hear you playing them.

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Re: Twin Six's Road Case
« Reply #52 on: April 17, 2021, 04:27:54 pm »
Thanks for the update Twin Six. All sounds to be progressing well.

All I can say is I hope you'll make a recording of some of these songs you are learning and share over in AVOYP, would love to hear you playing them.

Thanks, David. Progress means clearing the Big F hurdle, which has taken a lot of work.

As for AVOYP, Mrs. Twin Six has expressed interest in recording my playing, and we have experience videoing a season of the local bandstand concerts. Eventually, I'll have a tune or two ready for video performance. I'm concentrating on expanding my repertoire.
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Re: Twin Six's Road Case
« Reply #53 on: April 18, 2021, 10:03:02 am »
Thanks, David. Progress means clearing the Big F hurdle, which has taken a lot of work.

As for AVOYP, Mrs. Twin Six has expressed interest in recording my playing, and we have experience videoing a season of the local bandstand concerts. Eventually, I'll have a tune or two ready for video performance. I'm concentrating on expanding my repertoire.

Sounds good, Twin Six.

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Re: Twin Six's Road Case
« Reply #54 on: May 04, 2021, 05:00:10 am »
Changed the strings on the Single Six to the Ernie Ball Earthwood 80/20 strings that were a birthday gift, which are 11-52s (I haven't yet played anything but 12-54s since acquiring this guitar). The lighter gauge strings are a revelation, as they seem to suit the guitar's set up better; the Waverly ebony bridge pins seat lower & more firmly. These strings are also easier on the fingers and my chords are ringing out more clearly, especially Big F, on which I've been practicing intensively for months. Also, I'd nearly given up hope that fingerstyle would ever be a thing for me, but going down a string gauge has brought fingerstyle within pretty easy reach. It's exciting when just changing string gauge feels like progress.

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Re: Twin Six's Road Case
« Reply #55 on: May 04, 2021, 06:05:08 am »
Sounds like good progress, Twin Six. I've often wondered about going from 12 to 11. Maybe I'll give that a try next time I change strings. Sure it would also make bending easier on the acoustic ... if I was doing any bending  ;D

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Re: Twin Six's Road Case
« Reply #56 on: May 06, 2021, 08:55:22 pm »
Today I changed strings on the Twin Six. DR Rare Bronze were next in the lineup, but a thread on the Acoustic Guitar Forum about the glories of GHS Vintage Bronze derailed the DR plans. Since I happened to have a set of the GHS Vintage Bronze, I figured that forum bragging rights were as good a reason to experiment with one string as with another.

The strings the GHS replaced were Martin FX that were put on back around mid-December! That's 4 months out of a set of strings. The steel strings were just starting to lose their elasticity, and so were not holding tune for very long any more. That's a sure sign to change strings. They sure had a good run.

The verdict, after mere hours, is that the GHS have considerably lower tension than the Martin strings I've had on it so far (SP 80/20, & FX). I find Martin strings on the stiff side. They sound great, hold their tune, and last a long time, but they're hardly low-tension, not even the Flexible Cores. We'll see how the GHS settle in over the next week, but so far I prefer them by a wide margin. They're rich & warm, and not jangly like the Martins. GHS wins.
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Re: Twin Six's Road Case
« Reply #57 on: May 07, 2021, 05:59:13 am »
You sure are my go to guy when it comes to string adventures, Twin Six.

I usually just replace with the same, though last time had to change from Elixir to D'adarrio. I can't tell the difference ... as likely as not my sensory acuity.

Keep enjoying the guitars and hope to hear you play one fine day

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Re: Twin Six's Road Case
« Reply #58 on: May 08, 2021, 03:33:56 pm »
You sure are my go to guy when it comes to string adventures, Twin Six.

I usually just replace with the same, though last time had to change from Elixir to D'adarrio. I can't tell the difference ... as likely as not my sensory acuity.

Keep enjoying the guitars and hope to hear you play one fine day

Thanks, David.

My experiments are paying off, as I determine when I can tell the difference and when I can't. For example, I can't tell any significant difference among Martin strings of the same gauge; SP, Marquis, and Flexible Core all feel & sound nearly the same to me. Hats off to Martin for consistency across the range.

I also hear little difference between alloys, so 80/20 and phosphor bronze (PB) so far sound similar enough that I have no strong preference. I don't pretend to understand variables like core wire, alloys, wrap wire & winding, etc., but strings certainly differ one to another. Slowly, I'm starting to find my favorites. Experimenting is proving worthwhile.

As for hearing me play, it's a work in progress, and I also look forward to sharing a song or two here.

1986 Alvarez Yairi DY-76 (twelve-string) "The Twin Six"
1989 Alvarez Yairi DY-39 (six-string)
1993 Hiren Roy & Sons sitar
Fender Squier Bullet Telecaster
Vox Valvetronic VT20X

 

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